Sean Manaea’s First Major League Win

I heard a lot about the proposed George Lucas museum on the morning news.  I also heard about the bees in Concord.  I went to work and had to do some extra tasks because someone decided to call in sick.  I returned home for a late lunch and a nap.  I stopped at the office to work on some lecture notes.  I listened to Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” on the way to the Coliseum because it was the 50th anniversary of the release of the album.  I always liked “I Want You” and “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.”  There weren’t many fans in the stands for the night’s baseball game because of the basketball game next door.  The A’s miserable performance in Boston also must have influenced people.  I also guess that Sean Manaea’s 11.37 ERA didn’t draw too many fans, either.  However, he would finally pitch well on this night.  There were a lot of young musicians out on the field to play the national anthem.  It looked like there were as many of them as there were fans in the stadium on this Monday night.  Manaea started off well enough with a clean first inning.  He allowed a double with two outs in the second, but then had a clean third inning.  On offense, the A’s did nothing in those first three innings.  Only Matt McBride reached base, and that was on an error, and he was erased on a double play ground ball from Tyler Ladendorf.  Manaea allowed a single to start the fourth inning, and then got three consecutive outs.  In the bottom of the inning with one out, Billy Burns was hit by a pitch.  Josh Reddick hit a ball that dropped in front of the centerfielder for a single.  Danny Valencia saw nine pitches before he drew a walk on a 3-2 count.  Khris Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right field for the game’s first run.  Billy Butler singled for another run.  Manaea gave up only a walk with one out in the fifth inning, and he had a clean sixth inning, although he was helped out by a diving catch by Burns for the third out.  The A’s did nothing in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Burns hit a single in the sixth inning, but then Reddick hit into a double play.  Instead of getting a Big Head race before the seventh inning, we heard a girl answering trivia questions about the movie “Grease.”  Manaea allowed two singles to start the inning, putting the A’s 2-0 lead in jeopardy.  An out that went 1-3 moved the runners over, and a sacrifice fly made the score 2-1.  Bob Melvin brought in Sean Doolittle, who looked like he had a good fastball in getting a strikeout.  After the seventh inning stretch, Davis and Butler both grounded out to third, but Marcus Semien hit his tenth home run of the season, making the score 3-1.  If he continues at this pace, he could hit 40 for the season.  John Axford pitched the top of the eighth inning.  He allowed only a walk with two outs, keeping the score at 3-1.  In the bottom of the inning, Coco Crisp walked with one out, but he was caught stealing on a pitch that struck out Billy Burns.  Ryan Madson came into the game for the top of the ninth inning.  His first out was a ground ball to Semien.  Ladendorf at second made a good play to get the second out.  Madson struck out the next batter to end the game.  The first pitch was at 7:07 with a game time temperature of 65 degrees, and the last out came at 9:35.  I really like those quick games.  The attendance was 10,068.  We were sad to hear that the Warriors lost their game.  I made my way back home and ate some pineapple slices and watched sports highlights and a bit of Bette Davis on The Dick Cavett Show. Some of the people who died on May 17 include Sandro Botticelli (1510), Paul Dukas (1935), Lawrence Welk (1992), Henry Jones (1999), Dave Berg (2002), Frank Gorshin (2005), and Donna Summer (2012).  Today is a birthday for Trent Reznor (51), Craig Ferguson (54), Bob Saget (60), and Bill Paxton (61).

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